Can graphene - a newly discovered form of pure carbon that may one day replace the silicon in computers, televisions, mobile phones and other common electronic devices - be made to bend, twist and roll? Physicists at UC San Diego and Boston University think so.
Researchers at imec have developed an innovative strategy to tune plasmon resonances. They do so by breaking the symmetric geometry of the nanostructures, using a combination of bottom-up and top-down fabrication processes.
Recent modeling results obtained in imec for a GaAs and Si nanowire indicate that the nanowire pinch-off FET can outperform the nanowire MOSFET. These results combined with scalability and ease of processing make the junctionless transistor a true competitor for the nanowire MOSFET.
Researchers have developed nano-sized cantilevers whose gentle touch could help discern the workings of living cells and other soft materials in their natural, liquid environment. Used in combination with a revolutionary detection mechanism, this new imaging tool is sensitive enough to investigate soft materials without the limitations present in other cantilevers. By placing a nanowire cantilever in the focus of a laser beam and detecting the resulting light pattern, scientists at the Molecular Foundry believe atomic force microscopy can be used to non-destructively image the surface of a biological cell.
Through new collaborations totaling $6.2 million, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and American industry will tackle some of the most critical challenges facing lithium ion battery production.
Researchers have made an important breakthrough in the use of continuous flow microreactors to produce thin film absorbers for solar cells - an innovative technology that could significantly reduce the cost of solar energy devices and reduce material waste.
After responding to a call for proposals, the research group led by Juan Bisquert at Universitat Jaume I of Castello has won the bid for a scientific and technological research project on new types of solar cells based on nanotechnologies. The project is entitled 'Low cost nanodesigned solar cells based on semiconductor nanocrystals'.
Das Symposium 'Nanowissenschaften und Nanotechnologie' der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften am Donnerstag, 29. April 2010, stellt aktuelle Entwicklungen der Forschung und moegliche Anwendungen vor, die sich durch die Nanowissenschaften in der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie, der Umwelttechnik und der Medizin ergeben.
In military and security situations, a split second can make the difference between life and death, so North Carolina State University's development of new 'smart sensors' that allow for faster response times from military applications is important.
The ouroboros (ancient Greek for 'tail devourer') is a motif found in many cultures: a snake biting its own tail, it symbolizes eternity and cycles. Researchers have now constructed a molecular tail devourer, and have named this new class of compound 'ouroborand'. Their tail-biter is a molecular 'machine', which functions as a nanocontainer with a built-in switch that regulates access to the cavity.